Neil LaBute

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Jacob, a nice young man, eagerly anticipates a meeting with the Internet friend with whom he’s corresponded for months. When the young lady finally arrives, Jacob informs us of his plans for her.

Production Info

Cast: 2 total (1 female, 1 male)
Short Drama (about 15 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“[LaBute’s] cruel wit and chronicles of immoral moralizers have made him, arguably, the most legitimately provocative and polarizing playwright at work today.” —David Amsden, New York Magazine

“[LaBute] continues to probe the fascinating dark side of individualism … [His] great gift is to live in and to chronicle that murky area of not-knowing, which mankind spends much of its waking life denying.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“A playwright [with] an unparalleled ear for dialogue.” —Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News

“A tough-minded writer.” —Michael Kuchwara, The Washington Post

About the Author


  • Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute's plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/19/2016
Pages 124
ISBN 9780881456882

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Upcoming and Recent Productions


2/22/2024 – 2/24/2024
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
Saint Louis, MO

10/22/2020 – 10/25/2020
Concord Carlisle High School
Concord, MA

12/4/2017 – 12/4/2017
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

4/30/2016 – 4/30/2016
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, TX